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Metro Art enhances the customer experience with innovative, award-winning visual and performing arts programming that encourages ridership and connects people, sites and neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. A diverse range of site-specific artworks are integrated into the growing Metro system, improving the visual quality of transit environments and creating a sense of place. From photography installations to onboard posters, art tours and live performances, our multi-faceted arts programs add vibrancy and engage communities throughout Los Angeles.


Featured News

Metro Art Launches 2020 Artist Pool Call to Artists

Metro invites visual artists far and wide to respond to our 2020 Artist Pool Call to Artists. This periodic call to create an Artist Pool facilitates the process of matching artists with Metro art opportunities of varying scope and scale. Materials must be submitted online and completed by 11:59 p.m. (PST) on December 9, 2019 . READ MORE-->


New Portrait Series by Metro Art Celebrates Neighborhoods Along the Blue Line

Metro Art is pleased to announce the inaugural portrait series More People Than You Know that debuts at Blue Line stations as part of the New Blue Improvements Project. The portraits feature people from the many neighborhoods along the Blue Line, which runs for 22 miles between downtown Los Angeles and downtown Long Beach. READ MORE-->


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A diverse range of site-specific artworks are integrated into the growing Metro system, improving the quality of transit environments and creating a sense of place.

Major projects that are currently underway are noted below:

1. Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project

The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project will extend from the existing Metro Green Line and will travel just over eight miles to the Metro Expo Line and will serve the cities of Los Angeles, Inglewood and El Segundo; and portions of unincorporated Los Angeles County. Fourteen artists were commissioned to create permanent, public artworks at the eight stations: Ingrid Calame, Eileen Cowin, Kenturah Davis, Dean Erdmann, Sherin Guirguis, Carlson Hatton, Mara Lonner, Rebeca Méndez, Geoff McFetridge, Erwin Redl, Kim Schoenstadt, Jaime Scholnick, Shinique Smith and Mickalene Thomas. Read more about the art program for the Metro Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project --->


2. Center Street Project (formerly Emergency Security Operations Center)

Metro is designing and building the new Center Street Project on Metro-owned property in the DTLA Arts District. Artist Jacob Hashimoto was selected to develop a site-specific, integrated artwork for the public-facing exterior of this facility.

3. Regional Connector Transit Project

The Metro Regional Connector Transit Project extends from the Metro Gold Line Little Tokyo/Arts District Station to the 7th Street/Metro Center Station in downtown Los Angeles, allowing passengers to bypass Union Station to transfer to Blue, Expo, Red and Purple Lines. The nearly two mile alignment has three new stations associated with it, for which seven artists were commissioned to create permanent, public artworks: Andrea Bowers, Audrey Chan, Mark Steven Greenfield, Pearl Hsiung, Clare Rojas, Mungo Thomson, and Clarence Williams. Read more about the art program for Metro Regional Connector Transit Project -->

4. Purple Line Extension Transit Project

Metro's Purple Line Extension is a three-part rail project that will begin at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue, extending westward for about 9 miles with seven new stations. The first section will extend to the intersection of Wilshire and La Cienega Boulevards and incorporate artworks into three new stations: Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax, and Wilshire/La Cienega. The commissioned artists for Section 1 are Ken Gonzalez-Day, Todd Gray, Karl Haendel, Soo Kim, Eamon Ore-Giron, Fran Siegel, Susan Silton, and Mark Dean Veca.

5. Airport Metro Connector

Metro's Airport Metro Connector (AMC) is a major new multimodal transit hub that will provide a gateway connection between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Metro’s regional transit system. The AMC will connect to the new Crenshaw/LAX Line (currently under construction) near Aviation Blvd/96th Street and is being designed in sync with an Automated People Mover (APM) to be built and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). Commissioned artist Glenn Kaino will be working in design collaboration with the esteemed architecture team of Grimshaw / Gruen Associates.


Explore Metro Art, explore Los Angeles!

Metro Art Moves is a free series of regularly scheduled and special tours of artwork in the Metro Rail system.  Tours are led by trained Metro Art Docent Council volunteers and provide insights into the artworks, artists and art-making processes.  Special tours heighten the passenger experience in novel and engaging ways through the perspective, experience and knowledge of artists and cultural experts.

Attend a free art tour

PUBLIC TOURS DATE/TIME MEETING SPOT
1. Hollywood/North Hollywood

JOIN

1st Saturday, 10am-noon

Meet at North Hollywood Station at street level entrance

2. Downtown

JOIN

1st Sunday, 10am-noon

Meet at Information Booth at Union Station entrance

3. Downtown
( ¡en español! )

JOIN

Segundo sábado , 10:30am-12:30pm

Los tours se reúnen en la caseta de información dentro de la entrada de la calle Alameda del histórico Union Station.

4. Union Station
Art + Architecture


JOIN

2nd Sunday, 10:30am-12:30pm

Meet at Information Booth at Union Station entrance

5. Gold Line
(betw Union Station + Azusa)

JOIN

10:30am-12:30pm
This tour will be offered: 7/27, 10/26, 1/25/20

Meet at Del Mar Station

* Reservations are not required but appreciated as it will help the Docents know what numbers to anticipate.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Metro Art tours take about 2 hours and are approximately 90% walking; there are elevators and escalators in all of the stations.
  • The Docents distribute TAP cards that are pre-loaded with an all-day pass allowing tour participants to ride the Metro Rail & Bus system for free (except for the Union Station Art + Architecture tours). Attendees may keep the TAP cards and reload them for future use.
  • Docents use voice amplifiers and wear bright orange safety vests for easy identification.
  • There are no public restrooms available in the stations but there are restrooms available to the public at Union Station and the Hollywood/Highland shopping complex as well as various businesses along the routes.
  • Groups of 10+ people can make special reservations with a minimum of three weeks advance notice. Make a group reservation online here

"I went on a tour of Union Station during the 75th Anniversary celebration and immediately asked how I could do this!  I had a great tour guide, and the tour felt like a mix of a bunch of things I loved - public transit, art, LA history.  It's really helped me to learn more about those subjects over time and I have a new appreciation for public art in particular." -- Metro Art Docent

Become a Docent at Metro Art

The Metro Art Docent Council is a dedicated group of volunteers committed to increasing awareness of the broad range of public art in the Metro Rail system through tours that provide insights into the communities they enhance, the art, the artists and their processes.

"I chose to be a docent because I love art and I love subways.  I think what I love most about it is the chance to explore the city via the trains.  As a docent, I've explored so many parts of the city that I would have never seen if I had not been one." -- Metro Art Docent

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Metro Art Docent, we invite you to review the following information:

Should you have any questions, please contact:

Barbara Lashenick
Senior Community Relations Officer
Founder Metro Art Docent Council
213.922.2738
LashenickB@metro.net


Metro Art enhances the customer experience with innovative arts and cultural programming that encourages ridership and connects people, sites and neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. Music, dance, poetry, film and meet-the-artist events at historic Union Station raise its profile as a cultural destination and create incentives to “Go Metro”.


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Metro Art Launches 2020 Call to Artists

Metro invites visual artists to respond to our 2020 Call to Artists. The online submittal must be completed by 11:59 p.m. (PST) on December 9, 2019 . READ MORE-->

Subscribe to our mailing list to receive updates and information about events, public art opportunities and workshops for artists.

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Metro Art is one of the largest public art agencies in the country. We provide essential information about our program through art guides and publications, ensuring riders can learn about the vibrant artworks they encounter during their journeys across Los Angeles County.

All publications are available to the public in digital and print versions (while supplies last). If you would like to receive printed materials, please call 213.922.4ART.

Through the Eyes of Artists

Metro Art’s award-winning poster series commissions local artists to create original artworks that offer their personal perspectives on neighborhoods and places throughout Los Angeles County. Initiated in 2002, over 40 artworks have been featured on posters displayed in Metro buses and trains. This 186-page catalogue features the first 15 years of the series, with images and statements by each artist. This shorter booklet provides a summary of the program.

Forward Motion

Forward Motion is a photographic exhibition displayed on the walls of Union Station’s passageway gallery in 2019. Artist Michelle Asselin created luminous portraits of women who are part of Metro’s Women and Girls Governing Council, which is tasked with achieving a gender-balanced workforce, career advancement for women, and improving safety and mobility for women riders. An accompanying booklet presents each stunning portrait and statements by the featured women.


Art Guides

Art Program Overview (2018)


Art Guide (as of 2011)

Orange Line (N. Hollywood to Woodland Hills)


Orange Line (Woodland Hills to Chatsworth)

Gold Line (DTLA to East LA)


Gold Line (Arcadia to Azusa)

Expo Line (DTLA to Culver City)


Expo Line (Culver City to Santa Monica)


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New digital art series on Metro Blue Line: Artist Cat Ferraz
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New digital art series on Metro Blue Line: Artist José M. Loza
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